3+2 Degree Programs

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These alternatives have been designed for students interested in pursuing studies in both, the Sciences and Engineering.

3+2 Degree Programs

NJCU and NJIT jointly offer different five-year programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics, Chemistry or Biology from New Jersey City University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This program combines a traditional liberal arts environment with an intensive technical curriculum.

Earning two degrees increases the chances of obtaining a better the job and opens the door to unlimited possibilities.

The dual-degree program is an excellent choice for any student who:

  • understands the value of a broad-based liberal arts education;
  • is interested in a career in the natural sciences and engineering;
  • wishes to work as an engineer while having a strong background in physics, chemistry or biology;
  • wishes to maximize his/her career options.

The student enters as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman at New Jersey City University and continues his or her studies for three years at that institution while taking some classes at NJIT. During these first three years, the majority of the requirements for the degree from New Jersey City University are satisfied. Included are required studies in General Education as well as departmental requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. During the fourth and fifth years of the program, the student is enrolled full-time at NJIT. During these two years the course of study is focused on the required engineering courses needed to complete the engineering degree, with certain of these technical classes being required at New Jersey City University for fulfillment of its degree requirements.

A B.S. degree is awarded by NJCU at the end of the fourth year and a B.S. degree in Engineering is awarded by NJIT at the end of the fifth year.

Students interested in any of these dual-degree programs are strongly encouraged to make their selection of major as soon as possible and consult with a faculty advisor from the Physics Department. The advisor will assist the student in planning the course of study in order to complete the program requirements within five-year time span.

 

Details of the agreement between NJCU and NJIT for dual degrees

 

  • NJCU and NJIT offer classes and award degrees under this program independently from each other. Some of the classes taken at NJCU are transferred to NJIT to satisfy requirements of their degree and vice versa, some of the classes taken at NJIT are transferred to NJCU to satisfy requirements of their degree.
  • NJCU and NJIT, independently from each other, will determine when the requirements of their corresponding degrees have been satisfied.
  • Students must apply for admission into the program no later than their Sophomore year. They must have a 2.5 or better cumulative GPA and a 3.0 or better GPA in Math and Sciences.
  • Students who do not qualify for the program or who would like to abandon it and seek an Engineering degree can apply to NJIT as regular transfer students.
     
  • During the first 3 years of the program:
     
    • Students will have NJCU as their “home” institution. They will apply for financial aid through NJCU and must maintain a full-time status for financial aid and scholarship purposes.
    • Those who need to take classes at NJIT will do so as non-matriculated students. Credits taken at NJIT will count for financial aid purposes at NJCU through a consortium agreement between both institutions.
    • Students taking classes at NJIT will be billed for tuition and fees by NJIT and they will be responsible for the bill. Credits taken at NJIT will count for financial aid purposes and full-time status at NJCU but students need to be aware that tuition and fees at NJIT are more expensive than at NJCU.
    • Students must consult with the Financial Aid office at NJCU to determine if classes taken are NJIT are covered, all or in part, by their financial aid or scholarship awards.
    • Students taking classes at NJIT must submit a transcript from NJIT to NJCU’s registrar at the end of the semester.
    • At NJCU, all students are advised by the Physics Department regardless of their major and at NJIT by an advisor according to their major.
    • At the end of the third year, students will apply for admission as transfer students to NJIT.

 

  • During the last 2 years of the program:
     
    • Students will have NJIT as their “home” institution. They will apply for financial aid through NJIT and must maintain a full-time status for financial aid purposes.
    • If a student still has to take classes at NJCU, he/she will take those classes as a non-matriculated student. Credits taken at NJCU will count for financial aid purposes at NJIT through a consortium agreement between both institutions. At the end of the semester, the student must submit a transcript from NJCU to the registrar at NJIT.
    • Students taking classes at NJCU will be billed for tuition and fees by NJCU and they will be responsible for the bill. Students must consult with the Financial Aid office at NJIT to determine if classes taken at NJCU are covered, all or in part, by their financial aid or scholarship awards.
    • During the fourth year, students take classes at NJIT.
    • The student is responsible to take the classes that are left to complete the requirements for the degree from NJCU. At the end of each semester, they must submit a transcript from NJIT to the registrar at NJCU.
    • Once the classes are transferred and if the student has completed all the requirements, NJCU will award a BS degree in the appropriate field.
    • NJIT will award a BS degree in the appropriate field at the end of the fifth year if all the requirements have been satisfied.